Brenda Cullen, CEO/Owner
Cullen & Company LLC
Brenda Cullen is an entrepreneur with a career history in Administration & Finance Management who lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Collin, where they raised their six children. Brenda grew up in Boyertown, graduated from BASH in 1986, went to LaSalle University and after graduating moved to DC where she’s considered home for 30 years.
After a visit to Boyertown for a class reunion in 2021, Brenda was pleasantly surprised by the changes in town; the quaint shops and restaurants, the multi-million-dollar development of the Colebrookdale Railroad, the Taylor Backes Glass Studio, the overall FEEL of the area seemed to be embracing the fact that Boyertown is marketable. As Brenda walked around town, she met young business owners that were excited about the future.
The Twin Turrets, a beautiful, iconic building in the center of town, was for sale and the idea of owning the historic property set off a spark. The property was originally the home of the Boyer family built in 1865 and in the 1980s became the fully renovated Twin Turrets Bed and Breakfast. After meeting with legendary innkeeper/owner Marianne Deery on multiple occasions, the women felt it was a promising fit and the right time for Brenda to return home. On July 1, 2022, Brenda took the reins from Marianne. In October 2022 the Inn closed for renovations and the Atherton Inn was born.
The Atherton Inn, named after Brenda’s Great-Great Grandfather was an icon in his own right. As the President of Penn State University, Dr. George Atherton made daring changes to the university and is thought of as the second founder of Penn State. It seemed obvious to re-name the Inn after a man who took on such great responsibility and did so with great wisdom and compassion.
The goal of the renovation was to enhance the property’s stunning characteristics while updating the glorious bones of the building. Nine weeks later The Atherton Inn has proudly re-opened.
While still providing lodging for individuals visiting town, The Atherton Inn is growing its presence and is marketing itself to the east coast as a “Group Stay Experience”; a specifically personalized stay for Girls’ Get-Away Weekends, Family Reunions, Corporate Retreats, and of course, PSU White Out Weekends.
A unique experience to make the guests feel pampered and cared for, that is The Atherton Inn’s team goal for all who come to stay. As Brenda has said with a half-smile, “We want everyone who is here to feel like the favorite child.”
"I understand full well that my path is not to be strewn with roses.There will be alert and vigorous criticism at every step, for a good while at least; but if devotion and hard work, and singleness of purpose can accomplish anything, we will win."
– President George Atherton